Starting Over With Art: Part 3

So in Step One, I Identified A Goal. In Step Two, I Discovered What I Want To Improve On. Now for Steps Three and Four, the more daunting parts. Step Three: Make A Plan This has probably been the most time consuming process, hence why it has taken so long to post. This is where […]

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Starting Over With Art: Part 2

Starting over with art is a process. While some may dive headfirst into a drawer of paint and brushes, others like myself have to have some sort of direction. I have come up with a 4-Step process that I will follow to help me. Step One: Identify a Goal My end goal is to become […]

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Starting Over With Art: Part 1

A few weeks ago I realized that I was tired of not having control of my own life creatively. As a Graphic Designer I am always doing work for others. With that job comes parameters with what I am able to do based on time, the client, and budgets. I often feel as though I am […]

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The Value Of A Sketchbook

I have a considerable fondness for sketchbooks. It took me several years to figure out how much I could learn from them and how great their value is with the artistic insight the pages hold. I discovered they aren’t just a place to mess around with a pencil but a gateway into the inner workings […]

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Scribbling Dreams and Chasing Nightmares

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with your heart beating rapidly, frightened that you are trapped in another reality? I have. Thankfully after minutes of panic, I realize these are symptoms caused from my vivid dreaming. What is curious about dreams is that they can be just as far-fetched as […]

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Here Comes NaNoWriMo

As I am sure many writers know, National Novel Writing Month is upon us. For those who are not familiar with it, National Novel Writing Month is a worldwide event that takes place during the month of November that challenges creative minds to write 50,000 words in 30 days. There are several people I know […]

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Write Every Day

The first story I ever wrote was about a green square named Danny who entered a painting contest. It was probably the worst story i’ve ever written but luckily, I was only in elementary school. My writing has since come a long way. It was something I didn’t notice I had a knack for until […]

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7 Tips On Designing For Indecisive Clients

It is bound to happen to you. You will have a client (or several) that has no idea what they want and can’t make up their mind about what they want to have you create. It’s also possible that they have an idea of what they want but may struggle to communicating that idea. That’s where […]

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Decisions In Design

A wise college professor once told me that as a designer you have to provide reasoning behind every design choice you make. Every color, every placement, every font, etc…Thank You Steve Quinn. That was probably the best advice I was given in college. I apply that mantra every single day in my projects. Not only […]

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Heroes & Villains Fan Fest/Chicago

Let’s talk Conventions. They create a unique experience that caters to fans eager to immerse themselves in the pop culture landscape. While Chicago is home to C2E2 and a stop in the traveling Wizard World conventions, Heroes & Villains Fan Fest brought a new form of fan convention to Chicago. While I was skeptical about […]

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FaceOff on Syfy

Shows that cater to the creative are difficult to come by. As far back as my memory stretches, there hadn’t been one aside from that of Bob Ross painting happy clouds on PBS. Not since the show Face Off debuted on Syfy in 2011 had their been another show that catered directly to creatives, demonstrating […]

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Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition Review

If you are ever searching for a great place to be inspired or need that kick in the ass to push yourself, I highly recommend taking a trip into the Chicago suburbs and checking out the Maleficium: Dark Art Exhibition. The gallery is curated by J. Anthony Kosar, the season 4 winner of the Special […]

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